Threats to badgers

Badgers in the UK are threatened by both legal and illegal activities. Legal activities, subject to compliance with conditions in the 1992 Act, include:

 road and housing development;
 forestry and agricultural operations;
 badger culling by the Ministry of Agriculture in relation to bovine TB in cattle;
 sett-stopping by fox hunts.

Illegal threats to badgers include:

 badger-digging and baiting;
 poisoning (including the misuse of pesticides);
 sett interference.

A sett after it has been 'crowned down'
by badger diggers.